Joeh (49) , England | November 2, 2005| Updated May 8, 2006
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Lovely little country pub in the small village of Hambleden, just into Buckinghamshire and close to Oxfordshire and Henley on Thames. Next to the pub is a free public car park and behind the pub is a large village green, unfortunately not visible from the beer garden. Entry to the pub is by one of two doors at the front, one into the public bar, largest of the bars but still small, and next to it is the absolutely tiny snug which has only room enough for a few stalls but has the full bank of hand pumps in it, through the snug you pass the other front entrance, a separate restaurant and then at the rear by the garden is a small saloon bar. The seating in the beer garden is picnic table style, with umbrellas in some of the tables, the garden is nice enough but feels quite enclosed by the fences. There is a serving hatch for the garden.. Beers on offer when I recently visited were Rebellion IPA & Wadworth 6X (regulars), with guests including Loddon Hoppit and Orkey Raven Ale, amongst others. Ciders were Thatchers Premium Press Dry (handpump) and Thatchers Gold (keg). In the Good Beer Guide for who knows how long, the beer quality is top notch and they have a good selection of guests. The Old Luxters brewery and shop, which I cannot really recommend, is around a mile away and it is in close proximity to other great pubs and Henley, making it all the more attractive to visit.